Facebook’s relationship with the music industry is certainly “complicated” at the moment – the company has recently been rumored to be talking with various potential partners about a deal to create an official “Facebook Music” service. However, while Facebook navigates relationships with labels, app developers, and potential new partners, tonight it has (at least temporarily) removed one popular music application from the Facebook Platform.
Music Playlists, until today the 2nd most popular music application on Facebook, has been removed due to “Terms of Service” violations, Facebook says, until it can resolve its issues directly with the RIAA. Music Playlists is a product of Project Playlist, whose MySpace music application was also cut off just a few days ago. Here’s Facebook’s full statement:
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) initially contacted Facebook last summer requesting the removal of the Project Playlist application for copyright violation, and recently reopened those communications. We have forwarded the RIAA’s letters to Project Playlist so it can work directly with that organization and music labels on a resolution. In the meantime, the application must be removed to comply with the Facebook Platform Terms of Service. Our hope and expectation is that the parties can resolve their disagreements in a manner that satisfies the developer and copyright holder, that continues to offer a great experience to music fans, and that doesn’t discourage other developers from using Platform to share their creativity and test new ideas.
Owen Van Natta, Facebook’s former Chief Revenue Officer, joined Project Playlist as CEO just last month.